Monday, August 29, 2011

one of a kind

In the Balmain store, we have these amazing one off pieces by Dowry.  They are handmade in Australia, in a wonderful collaboration between mother & daughter from country NSW.  They design unique pieces utilizing vintage fabrics and discarded textiles, creating what can only be described as breathtaking, covetable pieces.   We also have a wonderful collection of tapestry cushions and some wonderful pieces of their special clothing - of which I will blog about when we receive more.

Above are the two remaining tapestry bags, which I've placed in our online store .
                                                                                                            -  Sarah

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

our perth crochet diva...

Danielle is our Perth crocheter extraordinaire.  Danielle teaches our beginners and goes on to teach flowers and hexagons to our crochet ravenous participants

A new blanket pattern is now available on our website to entice

crocheted in debbie bliss baby cashmerino

Danielle also brought in this lovely hexagon quilt, all stitched in Liberty fabrics - her favourite

Pop in store and add your name to our list for one of Danielle's classes

Monday, August 22, 2011

my hidden post

I am in Sydney enjoying the Balmain shop and all the joy that comes with it.

Sarah and I indulged in a weekend road trip, collecting a bundle of goodies for the shop, and for me soaking in the beauty of NSW's south coast for the first time...  as a result another love is added to my list...

These pictures are everywhere, but this particular one was on the climb into Kangaroo Valley.

I dream on...

Milton was a fine stop for breakfast...

and after a couple of huge days, back to my digs in Balmain.

This visit my accommodation is a not so attractive 70's apartment block with very recent renovations.  Very minimalist, contemporary and a little soulless, but great facilities, and central to it all here, so I added some flowers and the sweetest bird vase found in Milton...

and voila...

feels like home - just for a week.

Hidden post?  Hubbie doesn't visit the blog (I think), so I can prattle on about my Sydney passion to my heart's content, without him feeling uneasy about where my heart is lying...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

sources of inspiration

In a recent Japanese magazine featuring Liberty of London fabrics, Sania Pell featured with some beautiful little bottles that she had decorated with pieces of Liberty.  So inspired I was by her little collection, I couldn't help but make some myself for the Balmain store. 

I found some old sheet music at the markets on Saturday morning and was able to whip these up in the afternoon.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Today has been very much a 'catch up' day for me over here in Perth.  Following on from the effort of establishing the Balmain store, I am now slowly putting all the pieces of life back together here at home so it all functions efficiently (well sort of).
Paperwork is one foe... but I am attempting to make it more pleasurable by organising the room that we allocated in the house to be my office into a snug and efficient (and neat) environment.
I am documenting the room in it's present state as an incentive to keep it as such.  The only clutter onwards will be the addition of more treasures, but all paperwork must now find a hidden home.

Incredible order - but for how long?
I fancy the idea of a random inspiration board, but decided a whole wall suited me better!

a tentative beginning - I love using the fabric tape we have in the Mosman Park shop here,
and some snippets...
now to keep it that way...